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Personal Growth: The Power To Change

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Personal growth is something that happens to all of us as we age and move through life. The experiences that we encounter, the relationships that we form, the situations that we find ourselves in, the difficulties we overcome — all of these things have the potential to help us grow and change.

Although this is a natural process that happens in the background, it is also something we can give our energy to in more meaningful and conscious ways.

In fact, when we dedicate time to our own personal growth, then we can truly feel how our lives and our minds change for the better.

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When we make promises to ourselves to overcome bad habits, or distance ourselves from negative relationships or situations, these are actions that we are taking to become happier people. These are just a couple of examples of things that contribute to personal growth, and there are countless other things that you can also embrace.

Today I want to talk about some simple ways in which you can engage with this concept. The purpose of doing so is to truly get to know yourself in the present moment. This can enable you to work towards being the person you want to become in the future!

Learn New Skills

One of the ways in which we grow as people is by deliberately learning new skills. Often this is something we do for work or education reasons, but it can also be something that is done purely for fun.

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Think about how satisfying it is when you begin to master a new language, or when you learn to play a new instrument. When you make the time to learn new skills regularly, or to develop existing ones, then you can bolster feelings of achievement and productivity.

This isn’t something that you would need to give a huge amount of time to. For example, you might just commit to spending ten minutes every evening practicing your language skills via an app, or maybe even through a one to one lesson. You could also use this short period of time to learn something new on your instrument of choice, or to learn anything else that interests you.

Change Your Mindset

We can often unconsciously hold ourselves back from personal growth by staying stuck in old habits and negative mindsets. It may seem easier to accept your instinctive reaction to something, even if that reaction is harmful to your happiness and self-worth.

By consciously working to change your mindset, you can train your brain to lean towards the positive. This can mean that when challenging things happen in the future, that you are better equipped to deal with them in a calm and positive manner.

The following very simple technique is a great way to get started with this. 

Every time you catch yourself having a negative thought, turn this around and find something positive in it. For example, if you feel as though you have a huge workload that’s going to be incredibly time consuming, then try to find the positive in this. You can think about how you get to relax once your work is finished, or what you will have accomplished once you have completed your tasks.

There is always something positive to be found in any situation. This may seem like a bold claim, but it’s true!

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Even incredibly difficult moments are lessons that teach us about growth and personal resolve. These difficult periods can also be a good opportunity to strengthen relationships, as we seek the support and guidance of those around us.

Give this a go and I’m sure you’ll be surprised by how easy it is to find the positive each time!

Manage Your Emotions

Our emotions are the foundation of who we are. They guide our decision making in life and they influence the relationships we seek. Your emotions will show you how you genuinely feel about things, and will inform the everyday actions that you take.

It can sometimes feel as though we are not in control of our emotions, and that our response to situations is beyond our control.

Although it’s great to always feel your emotions, and to work to process and understand them, it’s also helpful if we can exercise a degree of control over this. For example, when something bad happens that we find upsetting or distressing, our emotions can lead to a big response that may not be how we would respond if we had some time to process.

By trying to better understand your emotions, and to gain greater control over them, you can change how you respond to negativity. This is something that has to be done consciously at first, but can soon become how you naturally feel and react.

This ties in with the previous point on changing your mindset, and this is all to do with how you want to interact with the world around you.

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